Fact: I’m a rare breed. No, this isn’t a reference to the fact I have been the main carer for the children in my family for over a decade. It’s a reference to my status as a stepchild, a reality bought home to me by a superb podcast called You’re Not My Mum.
Is there such a thing as a “good” divorce? In reality, I don’t think there’s a simple answer to that question. Some separations are unquestionably for the best, yet emotional trauma for the individuals involved, especially any children, is a given. Good Divorce Week, however, is an event that aims to help separating couples and
Divorce is never a pleasant subject to address but it’s a reality and it has to be faced. This begs the question of what separating couples need to keep in mind if they have children. I have been speaking with Grainne Fahy, Head of Family Law at legal firm BLM to find out what parents
Are you aware of the legal rights and responsibilities of stepparents? Could a stepmum, for instance, get a stepdaughter emergency dental treatment or a stepdad take their stepson on holiday unaccompanied or even collect a stepchild from school?
Do you know your blended family from your half-sister? How about your half-brother from your simple stepfamily? The language used to describe stepfamilies and steprelatives often confuses people. I’ve even known stepparents make mistakes when talking about their own children! The infographic below shows the phrases and terms that are most commonly used to refer